Introduction: HOW I COME UP WITH TITLES FOR MY PAINTINGS
As with Haiku, the title is as important as the words in the poem. So, too, with the titles I give my paintings. If it gives me a chuckle, if it has a hidden meaning, if it introduces something new to the viewer, if it makes someone think, I use it.
Not everything is a gem. The opening painting is simply called Hummingbird. But if I were to title it: "This JEM is called To Kill A Hummingbird" Would you stop and think: what a strange title? Do you know Harper Lee? the Finch family? Scout's brother?
Step 1: A FACE IN THE CROWD
A Face in the Crowd was a movie staring Andy Griffith. This is a painting of Andy Whorhol
Step 2: ACCOUNTANT AT THE URINAL
When I completed this painting I could only see that as the title and couldn't stop laughing. Yeah, I crack myself up.
Step 3: A MONKEY SHORT OF a PARLIAMENT
Here you have a whole bunch of flying owls and one flying monkey. Did you ever wonder what a group of owls is called?
Step 4: A TROUBLING
Yes, this group of goldfish is in big trouble judging by what's coming up behind them. Did you ever stop to think what a group of goldfish is called?
Step 5: BIRCHES BE CRAZY
Sheldon Cooper said, "Bitches be crazy," in an episode of the Big Bang Theory.
Step 6: A ROUND YOUNG VERSION OF MOTHER AND CHILD
This one I painted many years ago around Christmas time when carols were in my head.
Step 7: AL SHIMERS
A play on Alzheimer's.
Step 8: A GOOD BOOK TO LIVE IN
Melanie, an artist from the 60s, sang, Look What They've Done To My Song. One of the stanzas was: Wish I could find a good book to live in.
This is a painting of a character from a book: The Demon Plague by Joreid McFate. She is Crystal Donovan who lives in that book. She is reading that book, too. The tag line from that novel was THE PAST, THE FUTURE, AND NO PLACE TO HIDE. Yes, an exciting time travel page turner about the Salem Witch Trials
Step 9: Ba Tuti
Not familiar to you? This is another character from The Demon Plague by Joreid McFate. It is also the name I gave my Sun Conure.
Step 10: BREAKING WIND
Yep, that's another title that just cracks me up.
Step 11: GEORGE
Everybody sing: George, George, George of the jungle. Watch out for that tree.
Step 12: I C U
Picabo Street the Olympic skier had a summer job answering phones for an Intensive Care Unit but lasted only a day because she kept answering the phones: Picabo, ICU.
Yeah, and I like puns, too.
Step 13: KABUKI ROLLING SOMEHTING FROM HIS NOSE
This painting hung on the wall in our house for quite some time until Wifey found out the name of it, gagged, and had me take it down.
Step 14: SEEDLESS IN SEATTLE
Need I explain this one?
Step 15: KIDDELEY BEANS
Don't you mean kidney beans?
That's what I said, diddle I?
Step 16: QUAGGA
No, this is not a zebra. It is a Quagga. Time to Google what that is?
Step 17: OLD LANG'S SIGN
Should old acquaintance be forgot and never read the sign on the wall.
Step 18: THE HOME STRETCH
This is a cropped picture of the home stretch.
Step 19: LUCKY LADYBUG
Another song from my youth.
Step 20: TO THE POINT
Cara Deangelis is a phenomenal artist of road kill. Yes, road kill. Her paintings have such depth and detail I paid homage to her extraordinary talent by painting this picture of her in only three colors, hopefully, making my point.
Step 21: THE SHADOW NOSE
As a kid I used to listen to a radio program in which they'd say: The Shadow Knows.
Step 22: TIT IN a TUB
Another title that just cracked me up.
Step 23: SAFKA
I wonder what the last name of Melanie is? I've got a brand new pair of roller skates. This song was actually banned due to suggestive lyrics.
Step 24: HOT AIR
There are several references being made with this title.
Step 25: READING RAINBOW
Paying homage to Kunta Kinte.
Step 26: JUMP, IT'S FUN, JUMP, IT'S EASY
From a Parcheesi commercial.
Step 27: SMOKE, SMOKE, SMOKE THAT CIGARETTE
Another song from my yute--what? Did you say 'yute?' Oh, excuse me your honor--my youth... This one by Merle Travis and Tex Williams.
Step 28: LEONIDS
I painted this mid November.
Step 29: HER LAST ARROW
When I finished this painting I realize I'd forgotten her quiver.
This brings me to the end. I hope I sent you searching beyond what I have explained.
To quote the good doctor: Oh, the places you'll go.....